Except in the librettos. The Savoy Co, has explained the modifcation of the original but theyve left it in their librettos. (At lkeast the last time we went to catch a G&S play)
Most people see The Mikado
in performance rather than read it in print. On the stage, the lines are altered and have been, I think, since the 1930s. Similarly, the opening chorus of Show Boat
, as originally written, goes:
Niggers all work on the Mississippi.
Niggers all work while the white folks play...
In performance, this is usually changed to:
Colored folks work on the Mississippi.
Colored folks work while the white folks play...
The original lyrics still exist in print, but rarely in performance.
Anyway, the original topic of Huck Finn has to recall that this book was clearly written as anti-racist as it could be back then. It still stands up as such , removing the specific language(which was a selected tool in Twains mind) would make it a bit confusing in its mission.
As I understand it, the proposed new edition is designed for use in schools by children who otherwise would not have a chance to read Huckleberry Finn
at all. Given the option of having children read a judiciously expurgated version of the book or not read it at all, I lean toward the former. The original, of course, will remain for those who prefer it.